Attending Church Or Going Clubbing?

The house of the Lord is holy. Therefore, we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should dress appropriately.

Holy means "separate."

Sadly, the world continues to impress upon the believers that dressing a certain way is appropriate. We are not to be like the world. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 is a clear declaration of an absolute demarcation. The lines are clear. Either we are saved or we are sinners. If we are saved, we are separated.

The one thing that many people believe is that we should never impose "legalism." 

What is legalism?

It is the institution or imposition of rules, regulations, and man made laws to declare salvation apart from grace.

For instance, in Acts 15, there was a serious dispute among the believers when certain men came from Judea to impose the ritual of circumcision to be saved. This teaching so disturbed the believers in Antioch that they sent Barnabas and Paul to Jerusalem with letters for clarity. After the council discussed the matter at hand, the apostles and elders at Jerusalem sent a letter back refuting the ritual of circumcision to be saved.

Besides, circumcision didn't start with Moses but it was first instituted as a covenant with Abraham to be passed down from generation to generation. We are saved by grace, not by works (see Ephesians 2:8-9).

In many churches today, pastors impose such legalistic rituals which became bondage to many believers. Beyond reasonable dress codes and other items restrict the freedom of believers and brought questions about it without sound Biblical support. 

The Bible is clear about "modest" dress codes.

In 1 Peter 3:3-4 the Bible says, "Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."

Women love to dress a particular way. Beauty is the world of women, however, when dressing inappropriately, the attention is no longer on your character but on your flesh. There is a way to dress appropriately without bringing sexual attraction into the church. One person said it very powerfully. "Beauty fades, dumb is forever."

It's the same with men. "Strength fades, dumb is forever."

Even men dress inappropriately for church to attract attention to themselves. Some men wear outlandish suits that attract feminine attention. 

Centuries ago, men in the ministry (protestant) started wearing robes and other clerical garb to distiunguish themselves from the believers. However, as time progressed, many have either aboandoned wearing clerical items because many believe that it had connections to catholicism. Catholicism didn't initiate the clerical wardrobe. Men like the Methodist minister, John Westley and others initiated clerical wear.

Today, men in the modern ministry started wearing real expensive suits to showcase their power, personality, and prosperity. Some of them do this just to attract feminine attention with ulterior motives. So we see that inappropriate wear is a great concern for both males and females.

Paul said these words in 1 Timothy 2:8-10. "I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works."‚Äč

There is no Biblical emphasis on what men should wear in service. However, I am finding that men have crossed the line to give an appearance that project their personality, power or strength, charisma, and prosperity.

These things attract female attention.

I believe we should go by the rule of the Word of God. 

Jesus prayed, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."

Is what I am wearing on earth permitted in heaven?
Does it please the Lord?
Is it holy?
Am I attracting male or female attention with what I am wearing?
Is my perfume, after shave, or cologne too loud?
Is this sexy? 
Is my skirt too high, too low at the cleavage, too tight?

Ladies, if you have to pull your dress down, and pull your low cut cleavage blouse up, or cover your legs with a drape, then what do you think the Lord thinks about what you are wearing? If a man notices you like KFC chicken, then you have worn something that warranted that attention. If he does look at you a certain way, then he has lust in his heart.

However, you do not have to dress like sex bait to attract his attention.

Brothers, if you are wearing expensive suits that project your personality, good looks, charisma, and power, then what do you think the Lord thinks about what you are wearing?

It's not just the clothes but the intent, motive, or purpose behind what you are wearing. 

It's time to sober up and keep the club scene out of the house of worship.